Deer Management Hunting Program

No sport hunting is allowed at the Otto and Magdalene Ackermann Nature Preserve. However, antlerness deer hunting by archery and flintlock muzzleloader is allowed by permit only, with a permit allowing hunting throughout the fall/winter season during the dates established by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) for Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 2B.

It will be necessary for any hunter to obtain a new permit to continue to hunt the following season.

No more than five (5) permits will be awarded for any season. Preference will be given to those hunters who have provided the most volunteer assistance for management of the property throughout the year. A hunter’s success in previous years in the Preserve may also be considered. If the Westmoreland Land Trust secures additional antlerless tags for the Ackermann Preserve through the PGC Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP), they will be awarded by lottery to already permitted hunters.

Please contact the Westmoreland Land Trust if you would like to apply for a permit.

Hunter Requirements

Hunters may only park in the established parking area near the Information Kiosk; hunters may not park along the road or on private property. The vehicle permit must be conspicuously displayed on the dashboard, and the hunter must carry the hunting permit.

Tree stands labeled with name, phone number, and permit number, may be erected on the same date that Pennsylvania Game Commission allows this on state game lands, and must be removed by the PGC deadline for state game lands. Tree stands left after that date will be confiscated. These same rules apply to blinds, if used.

Hunters must report a harvest to WLT within 10 days. A copy of the harvest report card or a screen shot of the harvest report card mailed or emailed to WLT indicating hunting success and the date of harvest will satisfy this requirement.